Natick’s Equity Task Force, established last year to help the town determine how to advance equity in the community and town government, will present an initial report to the Select Board on March 24.
No big surprises, including that the 11-member task force says it needs a paid consultant to help it do its research.
The task force late last year sorted out important logistical and protocol matters related to discussing sensitive issues while adhering to Open Meeting Law.
From there it carved out subcommittees to focus research on the following areas:
- Natick Town Government and Community
- Municipal Government (as in, other communities)
- Natick Schools
“Each subcommittee will develop the questions needed to be answered to address the overall charge as to what type of entity would advance equity in Natick… The Task Force has determined that support from a professional consultant is needed. Each subcommittee will recommend to the task force what research the group can undertake and what work may require consultant support,” the report reads.
Fifty thousand dollars has been included in the Select Board FY22 budget that could cover such professional services, according to the report.
The task force is chaired by Sue Salamoff, a Natick Select Board member.